Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has explained why he chose the English national team over the Ghana national team.
Born in London, England to Ghanaian parents, Eddie Nketiah who had played for England throughout his youth career, including captaining the U-21 was eligible to represent both Ghana and England at senior level.
Per reports, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) had held numerous conversations with the Arsenal striker in bid to convince him to play for the Black Stars. However, all discussions were inefficacious and player has now been handed a call-up to the England national team.
Speaking on the decision, Nketiah divulged that the he accepted England’s call-up to ensure the ‘natural progression’ of his career. He also added that it was hard to say no once the offer was on the table.
“I had an aspiration to play here and Like I said once the call-up was there and the offer was on the table, it was really hard to turn down and I feel that it is the natural progression for me at this stage. And I felt now was the good time to make that step and obviously, I’m really happy to be here and hopefully, I can go one and help this team this week and get some caps,” he said.
Eddie Nketiah is now set for his senior debut with England when they face Ukraine in the qualifiers of the European championship on Saturday, September 9 and Scotland in a friendly encounter on Tuesday, September 12.